Book Five

Graphic Novel - 2001 | 1st ed.
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In the 21st century, the once-glittering Neo-Tokyo lies in ruins, leveled in minutes by the infinite power of the child psychic giant, Akira. Now a wasteland of rubble and anarchy, the Great Tokyo Empire rises, a ragtag group of zealots and crazies who worship and fear Akira and his mad prime minister, Tetsuo, an angry teen with immense powers of his own -- and equally immense twisted ambitions. The planet at large is not taking the threat lying down, however, and the might of the world is ready to take on the Empire, but will technology's most advanced weaponry be enough to destroy Akira -- and is Tetsuo an ever greater threat? The fifth chapter in a sweeping epic of over 2000 pages, Akira vol. 5 is the penultimate act of a mind-blowing graphic-novel masterpiece of awe-inspiring imagination and gut-wrenching power, and the inspiration for the classic Akira animated film.

Baker & Taylor
The once-glittering Neo-Tokyo lies in ruins, leveled by the infinite power of the child psychic giant, Akira, and from the rubble rises the Great Tokyo Empire, a ragtag group of zealots and crazies who worship and fear Akira and his mad prime minister, Tetsuo, an angry teen with immense powers of his own. A Graphic Novel. Original.

& Taylor

The science fiction tale set in 2019 in Tokyo after the city was destroyed by World War III, follows the lives of two teenage friends, Tetsuo and Kaneda, who have a consuming fear of a monstrous power known as Akira.

Publisher: Milwaukie, Or. : Dark Horse Comics, 2001.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781569715277
Characteristics: 413 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.


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First Graphic Novel in the Akira series. Set in the post-apocalypse Neo-Tokyo of 2019, a vast metropolis built on the ashes of a Tokyo annihilated by an apocalyptic blast of unknown power that triggered World War III. The lives of two streetwise teenage friends, Tetsuo and Kaneda, change forever ... Read More »

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Kristen MERKE
Mar 05, 2019

Such an important work, and still holds the test of time as being engaging and interesting. Funny, action packed and uses the medium to its fullest.

Mar 24, 2017

This classic action-packed comic describes a dark future dystopian world where rival gangs of reckless youths prowl the streets at night.

Sep 02, 2015

Akira, written by Katsuhiro Otomo, is a graphic novel that takes place in the year 2019 in Tokyo. This action sci-fi book views Tokyo as many different groups such as the government, revolutionaries, gangs, and secret scientific project organizations are involved in something called “Akira”. The first volume follows a young boy named Kaneda and his biker gang as they deal with drugs and live an exciting and lawless lifestyle. They live life with no worries, but are soon drawn into the large conflict involving “Akira”. The gang encounters a young boy with the face of an old man that has psychological powers. Kaneda must figure out what he is dealing with, and what is going on. He teams up with an anti-government organization, and has to determine what he must do to gain the upper hand against the other groups. The adventurous story is developed throughout six different volumes, and is read from left to right.

I found that the first novel in this series of six is an action packed story that completes the task of developing the story for the future novels. The book starts out very confusing and throws the reader into the story without much backstory. This immerses the reader right from the start, and I feel like it was the best approach for this type of story despite how disorienting it was in the beginning. Next, the novel develops the characters that it needs to, but doesn’t touch on many of the side characters. This lead to me becoming very confused, especially at the start, when the characters referenced other characters that I had barely gotten to know. Furthermore, even the characters didn’t reveal much of the plot as the main character didn’t know what was happening. Despite how confusing the story was, once everything was set in place and the reader understands what was happening, the story becomes very immersive and exciting. This first volume uses a lot of its contents to develop the story and help the reader get to this point, mostly for the further volumes. Overall, I would say that this volume is not amazing, but definitely a great stepping stone to lead into the rest of the story and would recommend it to anyone interested in the plot.

Mar 24, 2015

Having seen the animation film I did not get much out of this inch-thick comic book. So I wound up skipping it. But if you are a fan of manga and Akira, you may enjoy thumbing through it.

Mar 23, 2015

one of the very best and important mangas, the story, climax, cliff hangers, characters and just the idea of the story is genius. Any one who loves a great story, or lives manga highly recommend it.

Mar 24, 2014

Great series! The books are amazing! It has a wonderful plot! I recommend it for all manga lovers! There is also an Akira movie if you didn't know. I love this story and I think others will too!

MarcosCompost Aug 10, 2013

This is all you could want in a manga. Maybe first one to get it right? Who cares, either way it's classic & its awesome


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